I want to start riding a bike, but I'm not sure it is a good option for me. I have been looking at entry level bikes--the Giant Suede and the Sun Ruskin. I am a 56 year old woman, 5'11" and 300 pounds. The real issue is that I had my left hip replaced two years ago and my right knee replaced six months ago. I also have degenerative disk disease in L1 through S1.
I want to get healthy and fit, but will bike riding exacerbate my back problems? Am I looking at the wrong types of bikes for a person with my history? Are there any problems to be expected when cycling after hip and knee replacement?
I really want to ride, and my test ride on the Suede gave me such a feeling of freedom and joy. Any advice for me?